September 18th, 2014
Match-fixing, corruption and the popularity of European leagues has cast a shadow over domestic leagues in the Philippines
SINGAPORE – Asian football is slowly climbing the ladder but problems with corruption and a fixation with European leagues mean the region will be waiting years for a maiden World Cup win.
If success were measured in population size or spending, Asian countries would be world-beaters but of the billions splashed out on TV feeds and football merchandise, little finds its way to domestic leagues.
The result is that Asia, encompassing two-thirds of humanity, is predominantly a region which consumes football from afar, rather than producing teams capable of taking on the world.
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September 16th, 2014
Published on Aug 26, 2014
CNN’s Don Riddell spoke exclusively to former football match fixer Wilson Raj Perumal about his time as a “Kelong King.”
September 14th, 2014
From ITV Sport
SUN 7 SEP 2014
A number of players suspected of a connection to match-fixing have been put on notice to report any suspicious activity to the Football Association or face punishment.
The FA’s head of football integrity David Newton admitted to the Mail On Sunday that a number of players – possibly a dozen playing in lower-league or non-league English football – are on a ‘watch list’ of individuals who cannot be prevented from playing but who are considered ‘persons of interest’ in the organisation’s fight against fixing.
Newton said: “In the event that we believe somebody is connected in some way (to fixing) we may remind them of their responsibilities.
“We can seek various written confirmations from them that they have nothing they wish to share with us in terms of breaches of our rules or those of any other body or international association, and they will inform us the minute they do become aware of anything.”
The FA reminded Conference South clubs of their responsibilities to abide by its rules in March 2013 after suspicious betting patterns were reported to it, but no formal police investigation took place.
The National Crime Agency did become involved in a separate case which led to the convictions and imprisonment of Sanjay Ganeshan and Chann Sankaran in June over a conspiracy to fix matches in England in November 2013.
Darren Bailey, the FA’s director of governance and regulation, told the same newspaper: “These matters are now treated with the utmost seriousness by all the relevant agencies. We’re a lot happier in relation to the manner in which these matters are dealt with now.”Categories: Europe,
September 12th, 2014
- Canover Watson is vice-president of the Caribbean Football Union and has denied the allegations after being arrested in the Cayman Islands –
MARTYN ZIEGLER Saturday 06 September 2014
From the Independent
One of the eight members of FIFA’s financial watchdog has been arrested by police on suspicion of corruption and money-laundering.
Canover Watson, a businessman from the Cayman Islands and vice-president of the Caribbean Football Union, has denied the allegations.
Watson sits on FIFA’s audit and compliance committee, a body set up in 2012 to “ensure the completeness and reliability” of the world governing body’s finances. He is a close friend of FIFA vice-president Jeffrey Webb, a fellow Cayman Islands resident and the president of the CONCACAF confederation of countries from central and North America and the Caribbean.
The 43-year-old was arrested by officers from the Royal Cayman Islands Police Anti-Corruption Unit and has been released on bail to report back to police on September 29.
The arrest follows following a police investigation into a hospital swipe-card billing system in the Cayman Islands.
According to a police statement, Watson’s arrest was for “suspicion of breach of trust contrary to section 13 of the Cayman Islands Anti-Corruption Law, as well as abuse of public office… and conflict of interest”, as well as “suspicion of money laundering contrary to section 133 of the Proceeds of Crime Law”.
A statement from Watson to media in the Cayman Islands said he denied any wrongdoing.
The statement said: “I make this brief statement following my arrest in relation to suspected offenses contrary to the Anti-Corruption Law.
“The allegations are denied. In due course, at the proper time and in the appropriate forum, I look forward to setting out my position in greater detail. For present purposes since the police investigation is ongoing, I have been advised by my attorneys that it would be inappropriate for me to make further comment.”
FIFA was unavailable for comment.Categories: bribery, Corruption,
September 10th, 2014
By Don Riddell and Matthew Knight, CNN
August 28, 2014
(CNN) — Who’d be a referee? When the crowd aren’t getting on your back you’ve got the players acting up or giving you an earful.
So if someone described your refereeing as “the best,” you could be forgiven for feeling a small surge of pride. But when the person praising you has been called the world’s most notorious match fixer, then it’s time to show yourself a red card.
Wilson Raj Perumal says he corrupted many football players and officials during a long criminal career, but there is one person who stands out from the crowd. His name was Ibrahim Chaibou, a referee from Niger.
“He was the best, he was the best, but not from FIFA’s point of view,” Perumal told CNN during a wide-ranging television interview about his match-fixing days.
The Singaporean, who is now helping European police with match-fixing investigations, claims to have rigged the results of up to 100 matches over a 20-year period, boasting of a 70-80% success rate.
Chaibou, who he describes as “very bold,” became one of his favourite match officials.
According to Perumal, the referee’s first match fix was an international friendly between South Africa and Guatemala in May 2010 — one of several warm-up matches played ahead of the 2010 World Cup which the Rainbow Nation hosted.
Watching highlights of the game on YouTube, Perumal gives a running commentary on the major incidents.
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